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Teaching African Philosophy and a Postmodern Dis-Position

Show simple item record Higgs, Philip 2018-01-31T12:13:56Z 2018-01-31T12:13:56Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Higgs P. (2017) Teaching African Philosophy and a Postmodern Dis-Position. In: Afolayan A., Falola T. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan, New York en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-137-59291-0
dc.description This handbook investigates the current state and future possibilities of African Philosophy, as a discipline and as a practice, vis-à-vis the challenge of African development and Africa's place in a globalized, neoliberal capitalist economy. The volume offers a comprehensive survey of the philosophical enterprise in Africa, especially with reference to current discourses, arguments and new issues—feminism and gender, terrorism and fundamentalism, sexuality, development, identity, pedagogy and multidisciplinarity, etc.—that are significant for understanding how Africa can resume its arrested march towards decolonization and liberation
dc.description.abstract The teaching of African philosophy has drawn much attention by way of critical reflection and commentary. In this chapter, Higgs claims that the teaching of African philosophy should be opposed to that formulation of knowledge espoused by modern Western/European thought where rationality is closely connected to knowledge. Higgs further argues that the teaching of African philosophy should take cognisance of an African knowledge culture that does not only include the idea of what I refer to as “plural conversations in an inter-African context,” but also includes a cross-cultural epistemic which facilitates cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. In the light of this, the chapter proposes an orientation to the teaching of African philosophy that has cultural relevance insofar as it is mounted on concepts peculiar to an inter-African context, as well as in the larger context of a continuing cross-cultural dialogue. Such an orientation to the teaching of African philosophy acknowledges the necessity to develop the ability to grasp the fundamentals of indigenous African cultures and other cultures by way of adopting and living out what I call a postmodern dis-position. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Palgrave en
dc.subject Education en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject African philosophy en
dc.subject Post-modern-disposition en
dc.subject African Renaissance en
dc.subject Knowledge culture en
dc.subject Plurality en
dc.subject Dialogue en
dc.title Teaching African Philosophy and a Postmodern Dis-Position en
dc.description.department Educational Studies en

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